13 Sep University of Information Science and Technology “St. Paul the Apostle” Host of Regional Restoration Camp
At the opening of the Regional Restoration Camp, which is a part of the project titled “Strengthening the Capacities to Manage the Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Region: GIS Database Development Training for the Institute and Museum – Ohrid”, Vice-Rector Professor Dr. Ustijana Rechkoska-Shikoska delivered a speech. This project is being carried out by the Institute and Museum-Ohrid and aims to enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals at the Institute and Museum-Ohrid in the field of GIS. International experts are assisting in this endeavor, along with experts from the Macedonian and Albanian sides, who are involved in the development of a GIS platform.
Dr. Rechkoska-Shikoska underscored the importance of information technologies in preserving cultural heritage, especially in a city like Ohrid, and highlighted the role of the University “St. Paul the Apostle” in this domain. She presented the University and faculties within, all modern study programs of the I, II, and III cycle of studies, as well as gave a professional presentation of modern ICT methods and predictive algorithms, as well as GIS in higher education and its implementation in protection of cultural monuments and museums.
The event also featured an introduction to the region’s cultural heritage assets in the Lake Ohrid Region by Goran Patchev, M.Sc., from the Museum in Ohrid. Presentations by Ana Aleksova from the Directorate for Protection of Cultural Heritage, Dejan Panovski, a senior officer at Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean, and Rand Eppich from Spain provided valuable insights. In collaboration with “Cultural Heritage without Borders – Albania” (CHwB Albania), training sessions for participants in the “Regional Restoration Camp” (RRC) are being organized in both locations consecutively from September 10 to 22. The focus of this training is on the documentation of historic places using 21st-century technology, including 3D rapid recording through the use of drones and photogrammetry. This process aims to produce orthophotography and topographic maps for a GIS covering the World Heritage property in the Ohrid Region, spanning both Albania and Northern Macedonia.